Press Freedom Deteriorates Amid the Pandemic

The global community including Indonesia is still facing the COVID-19 pandemic and its various impacts. Since President Joko Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in early March 2020, the number of those infected with Covid-19 has reached more than 1.6 million people. This presents unprecedented public health challenges, including those affecting the media.

On the other hand, the public’s need for media and information during a pandemic is scaling up. Moreover, the imposition of social restriction policy in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has forced everyone to stay at home and work from home more. The public ultimately relies a lot on news via television, radio and especially via the internet, to understand the COVID-19 crisis, and the broader implications of the outbreak.

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Team of Writers:

Benny Mawel

Erick Tanjung

Ika Ningtyas

Musdalifah

Sasmito

Cover picture: Edi Dharma